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NEWS: Boost for Newcastle theatre
for Newcastle theatre
The People’s Theatre in Heaton
received a real accolade for its redevelopment work last week when Ryder
Architecture were awarded Highly Commended for Community Benefit for the scheme
in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors North East awards.
The design has given the front
of the building a much needed facelift, transformed the audience experience in
the foyer, and built a new fully accessible studio at ground floor level, which
will open later this year.
Tony Childs, director of the
project for the People’s, said: ‘The changes have already proved a great
success for the theatre.Our new
facility has brought new people into the theatre, not only in increased
audiences, but also in attracting local people to join our voluntary teams of
people who run this place.When our
final push for funding is complete and we finish the studio, the foyer and the
studio combined will form a great venue for theatre, workshops, or celebrations
for people in the area.’
Photo: Paula Smart
Adams, freelance fundraiser working on behalf of People's Theatre since 2013
added, ‘Having been born and brought up in Heaton, I'm very proud of the part
I've played in working with the volunteers at the People's Theatre to raise the
funds for the redevelopment that's making such a tremendous impact.The achievement so far is due to the
generosity of local people who are true lovers of their local theatre and the
Trusts and Foundations who, together with Arts Council England, have invested
so wisely in the People's Theatre's next 100 years! That said, I appeal to any
funders out there that can help us bring in the final £90,000 to put the
finishing touches to the new Studio and make the whole project complete.’
When We Were Married - Photo: Paula Smart
People’s goes from strength to strength, with May proving to be a particularly
busy month. Events include JB Priestley’s classic comedy of marital strife WHENWE ARE MARRIED (1st-5th May) and hilarious spy spoof THE
39 STEPS (22nd-26th May).
also have the chance to tour the building and get a glimpse backstage and in
our archives during our TALK AND TOUR on Monday 14th May as part of
the Jesmond Festival. Tickets are free but spaces are limited, so booking is
required at www.peoplestheatre.co.uk
or give the Box Office a ring on 0191 265 5020.